Keeping Kids Safe: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The landmark Kaiser ACE study examined the relationships between these experiences during childhood and reduced health and well-being later in life.

CDC estimates the lifetime costs associated with child maltreatment at $124 billion.  The largest areas of cost are in lost productivity and health care.

Compared to those with 0, those with an ACE Score of 4 or more are:

  • 12.2 times more likely to have attempted SUICIDE
  • 7.4 times as likely to consider themselves ALCOHOLIC
  • 5.5 times as likely to report missing 14 or more days of work in a month due to mental illness.
  • 4.7 times as likely to have used ILLICIT DRUGS

People with 6 or more ACEs died nearly 20 years earlier on average than those without ACEs.

Source: Adverse Childhood Experiences: Looking at how ACEs affect our lives and society, VetoViolence

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